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Looking Ahead: It's Off-Season For Some, Not So Much For Others

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The Confederation of Autosport Car Clubs (CACC) racing season at Mission Raceway concluded on Thanksgiving weekend, but by no means does this mean there is nothing going on in with our affiliated clubs. Tis is the season for annual banquets, award dinners, lots of bench racing and a whole lot more.

Racing may be over for the year, but it was an excellent year with lots of great racing in all classes, and some hard fought battles in many classes. CACC’s novice race programs continue to turn out some excellent students and many completed their novice programs and graduated / upgraded to their senior race licence. Rule changes are also being contemplated now that the season is over.

Ice racing will be starting very shortly and hopefully we will have a cold enough winter so there will be enough ice for a full season of racing. The ice racing weekends also hold icecross events, which are slalom type events that are held on the same ice track that the racing is held on. Icecross has helped boost entries on race weekends in the past, and this should continue this season.

Slalom will start again in January in the Vancouver area as well as in Victoria on Vancouver Island. The slalom competitors only take about a month off in the winter and start their season in January and compete in many events in B.C. There is also a very active slalom group in the Okanagan area of central B.C., but they start a little later in the year because of weather conditions (snow) at their event location. Many competitors in the region also compete in the Canadian Auto Slalom Championships as well as competing in the U.S. in Washington state. Some of those same competitors will drive halfway across the continent to compete in the U.S. National Championships every year.

Time attack is still a very popular form of competition with three differen types of events being held. The big event every year is the annual Knox Mountain Hill climb. The event is held over the Victoria Day Long weekend in Kelowna B.C. This is the only hill climb held in Canada, and draws entries from all over Western Canada and the Northwestern U.S.. The other types of time attack are with passing and without passing. In the passing format there are specific areas on track where you are allowed to pass. The no passing format means just that – no passing. The whole idea of time attack is you are racing the clock. It is not wheel-to-wheel racing.

The vintage racing discipline continues to evolve every year with the REV series running on the Sundays of all CACC race weekends. The big vintage race weekend is put on by the Vintage Racing Club of British Columbia and is always a very popular weekend. There is always excellent racing in all classes over the course of this two-day event. This event always has excellent displays of cars in the corrals. Friday night is the now-legendary Westwood reunion Burger BBQ, which is very popular and brings out a lot of the old Westwood regulars. Saturday night is when the Gala Banquet is held trackside and is always a great affair with lots of great food.

If you are interested in finding out more about the CACC or any of its affiliate, visit their website and search for a link to any of the affiliate clubs. We always welcome new people who share our passion for motorsport (or just an interest in cars) and we invite you to come on out and find out what we are all about.

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